Employee Relations IG: 2020 Legal Update
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When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and Networking, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Program
Where: Grant Thornton
171 N Clark street
Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois  60601
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

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This facilitated panel discussion will address current employment-related legal challenges faced by employers and HR practitioners, as well as upcoming regulatory changes and requirements at both the Illinois state and Federal levels. 

Anticipated topics include:

·         Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance – advance notice of work schedules

·         Illinois Workplace Transparency Act – required disclosures in employment documents

·         Illinois Human Rights Act – mandatory sexual harassment training, severance agreements, protections for non-employees

 ·         Illinois Equal Pay Act – pay equity and salary history inquiries

·         Recreational and Medical Marijuana

·         Proposed Department of Labor Regulations – minimum salary thresholds, overtime compensation, joint employers

·         Social Security Administration No-Match Letters

·         Wage & Hour Compliance – minimum wage increases, reimbursement of business-related expenses, record keeping requirements


Moderator Information 


Name: Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Formerly, Motorola Solutions
CHRO and Corporate Vice President, Employment Law & Data Protection

Bio: Manuel Cuevas-Trisán led Motorola Solutions’ global Human Resources organization from 2015 to the end of 2018.  Under Manuel’s leadership, Motorola’s Human Resources re-positioned itself as a leader in talent management and acceleration driving talent initiatives such as succession planning and launching 'People First Academy'. In his capacity as lead employment and data protection lawyer for Motorola Solutions, Manuel and his team sustained the lowest rate of employment disputes in over 10 years and oversaw a GDPR-compliant Privacy program for the company.  He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and earned his J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law. Manuel is a member of the EEOC task force on the study of harassment in the workplace, received the 2015 Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations Dr Martin Luther King Award for Outstanding Leadership for his commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion and is an adjunct faculty member at Chicago's John Marshall Law School. 


 Speaker Information 


Name: Christine M. Castellano
Formerly, Ingredion Incorporated
Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Ingredion Incorporated

Bio: Christine M. Castellano served for 22 years as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Ingredion Incorporated, where she provided counsel and managed legal matters for operations around the world.  Most recently, she was certified as a diversity professional by the National Diversity Council. Christine’s involvement in the legal community is extensive.  She serves on the Board of Trustees for The John Marshall Law School, among many other organizations, and is a member of several legal associations, including the Association of Corporate Counsel.


Name: John R Eagan
Patzik, Frank & Samotny
Title: Attorney

Bio: John R. Eagan is an attorney with Patzik, Frank & Samotny practicing employment law.  John represents employers in a variety of employment litigation matters pending in state and federal court and before administrative agencies.  John counsels employers in all aspects of employment law, including employee discipline, employment discrimination and harassment issues, leaves of absence, and wage and hour disputes 


Name: Christine Mesco
Organization: The Prinz Law Firm, P.C.
Partner at The Prinz Law Firm

Christina Hynes Mesco is an experienced business and employment attorney who offers expert guidance to both employees and employers. Christina has aided numerous entrepreneurs and executives by drafting and negotiating various employment documents, such as retention, non-compete, non-solicitation, equity, and change-in-control agreements. Christina also assists clients in obtaining or disputing employment-related benefits, such as unemployment, COBRA, and disability. She has extensive experience negotiating and litigating a variety of employment disputes, including claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation. Christina plays a leading role in The Prinz Law Firm’s workplace training offerings providing custom-tailored trainings to employers, helping them update their policies and develop best practices.


Name: Deena Sanceda
Organization: Illinois Labor Relations Board
Title: Staff Attorney at Illinois Department of Human Rights

Bio: Deena Sanceda is a staff attorney with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, where she reviews investigations of discrimination for legal sufficiency and provides legal advice in the areas of employment discrimination and public accommodations law.  Prior to her position at IDHR, Deena was an Administrative Law Judge at the Illinois Labor Relations Board where she presided over unfair labor practice cases.  Deena earned her Bachelors’ Degree from UCLA and her law degree from Chicago-Kent where she received a Certificate in Labor and Employment.



This program is pending approval for 1 credit hour towards PHR/SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 1 professional development credit (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification. 

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